You are gone. There, I said it. We are in a state of disbelief. As one of your most ardent filmmaker friends said to me, “I want to wake up to find out that this was just a dream, a bad dream.”
But no. It is true. You are gone , leaving a behind a legacy that is hard to match. We will continue to discuss your cinema in the weeks months and years to come. But what a shameful send-off a section of the media gave you! Salacious headlines, sleazy photo-fudge,bath tubs with a body and goblets filled with blood…Your death was reduced to pulp fiction by the frenzied tv channels.
I feel sorry for the absence of dignity at the time of your final farewell. Photographers were jostling and pushing each other for images of actors and film stars who attended the dear departed actors farewell rituals.What I want to ask the immaculately dressed star guests at the Kapoors’ home is ,when they know they will strip the occasion of solemnity shoouldn’t they be more discreet about their public appearances and not make their grand appearance through the front gates in their easily identifiable cars?
You want privacy. But you show up at venues of private grieving in long cars and dark glasses ensuring the cameras capture the goodwill gesture (of showing up for the death of one of the entertainment world’s enduring legends).
Nope. It’s not just the paparazzi that lacks discretion and sensitivity. The day you died was also the day Shahid Kapoor celebrated his birthday. Yes ‘celebrated’. That’s what his PR team put out a day after death of Sridevi. That Shahid was celebrating his birthday outside Mumbai with his wife daughter and family.God bless the happy souls.
The depths of insensitivity within the film fraternity is daunting. Sure, the Holi bashes have been cancelled in deference to your going away. But how many actors actually feel and communicate the enormity of the loss? Madhuri Dixit who was wrongly and irrationally seen as your rival tweeted on Twitter about the death of a legend, blah blah ,got into her white clothes and dark glasses(stars always wear dark glasses at solemn occasions to create the impression of swollen crying eyes in the public’s mind) and waltzed into your prayer meeting.
Where is the grief in the industry? There is disbelief, yes. But no real grief. A prominent filmmaker was saw you as the only choice for his next film is already scouting for a replacement. Juhi Chawla may be the actress to occupy the newly vacated seat. No one will object. The dead don’t demand justice. Only the right to rest in peace.
So go easy into the night, my dear Diva. And may you live on in your daughter Jhanvi’s screen presence.